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Public-sector contract talks | The APTS has reached a hypothetical tentative agreement at the sectoral table

December 24 2023

Québec City – At the end of a night of intensive work at the sectoral bargaining table, the APTS (Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux) has reached a hypothetical tentative agreement with the CPNSSS, the management bargaining committee for the health and social services sector, regarding the conditions of work of its 65,000 members.

“For slightly more than a year, we’ve been working relentlessly to get better conditions of work and practice for professionals and technicians who are members of the APTS, and to ensure greater recognition of their expertise, so that we can counteract the labour shortage and work overload in our public system,” said APTS president Robert Comeau. “The gains we’ve achieved today could lead to progress in this regard and could favour attraction and retention of employees holding any of our 108 job titles.”

Despite this hypothetical agreement, issues at the central bargaining table still remain unsolved. Pay issues, among others, must be settled if an unlimited Front commun general strike is to be averted in early 2024.

Once a hypothetical tentative agreement has also been achieved at the central table, the APTS General Council will have to decide if it truly constitutes an agreement in principle to be submitted to APTS members in general assemblies.


The APTS (Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux) represents more than 65,000 members who play a key role in ensuring that health and social services institutions run smoothly. Our members provide a wide range of services for all Quebecers, including diagnostic, rehabilitation, nutrition, psychosocial intervention, clinical support, and prevention services.